Oklahoma City is facing a stiffer task after winning a valuable sales race here last Saturday while Sir Jack Layden needs to prove his third to Berkshire in the Royal Lodge at this track was no fluke as he's been raised 23lb for that. Little separated Nezar and God Willing in a Group 3 event over 7f here last month while Safety Check and Truth Or Dare step up in class after winning handicaps on their latest starts. Pupil should go well if getting some cut in the ground while Kingston Hill and MOUNT LOGAN were both easy winners in maiden company last time. The latter won over a mile and is also entered in the Racing Post Trophy so this looks the easier option for Luca Cumani's colt.
God Willing 8-1 (8-12) In touch in rear, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Miracle of Medinah (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Kingston Hill 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders in 5th, headway to track leaders halfway, went 2nd over 1f out, soon ridden to challenge, led and edged left inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Newbury 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep beating Exchequer (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Mount Logan (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, led inside final furlong, riden clear, stayed on strongly, won at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep beating Istikshaf (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Nezar (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Edged left start, held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Miracle of Medinah (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Oklahoma City 3-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) gf beating Postponed (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 17 ran.
Pupil 11-2 (9-2) In touch in rear, switched left 2f out, headway to press leaders approaching final furlong, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Pinzolo (9-2) at Newbury 1m 2yo stks (2) sft in Sep.
Safety Check (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Made all, ridden 2f out, driven out, won at Newmarket 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd in Sep beating Newmarket Warrior (7-13) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Sir Jack Layden 40-1 (8-12) Broke well, held up, outpaced over 3f out, switched right and headway 2f out, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, unable to challenge, 3rd of 5, 1/2l behind Berkshire (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Sep.
Truth Or Dare 4-5fav (9-4) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Salisbury 1m 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug beating Finn Class (8-6) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.